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Lacquer box containing henna leaves, Iran, 1870-1920

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This ornately decorated box contains dried henna leaves. Henna leaves were mixed with boiling water to form a paste, which was used to treat skin conditions. The lacquer box and its contents were collected and brought back to the United Kingdom by one of Henry Wellcome’s agents from Persia – modern day Iran. His agents spent many years travelling the world and collecting field samples from different medical cultures.

Object number:

A24246

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Glossary: henna leaves

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Glossary: pharmacy

The preparation and medicinal dispensing of drugs.

Glossary: lacquer

A varnish that dries by the process of evaporation to provide a hard, protective finish.

Glossary: box - container

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